Joshua Kaye | Introspection

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by Joshua Kaye

Joshua's debut solo piano release combines elements of jazz, classical, and popular music to create a truly listenable collection of original compositions.
Genre: Easy Listening: Ballads
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Grave Tones
2:16 $0.99
2. Hey Jove
3:52 $0.99
3. Wandering Spirit
4:17 $0.99
4. Reconsideration
2:43 $0.99
5. Could This Be
4:36 $0.99
6. Jonah's Song
3:13 $0.99
7. Rain Poem
4:19 $0.99
8. Eternal Return
6:09 $0.99
9. Introspection
6:02 $0.99
10. All the Same
3:20 $0.99
11. Through the Ages
3:17 $0.99
12. Final Farewell
4:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Introspection is the first in a series of three albums which will be released over the coming months. Except for the title track, all of the pieces were recorded at Pacific Music Productions Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii on a Yamaha C3 grand piano. The recordings were made on four separate nights in early 2011 and the material had been composed over a span of almost two decades. The intention of the recording project was simply to document the compositions that Joshua had written over the years and then release them to the public at a later date. Finally, in 2015, the time seemed right to put out the recordings. For one thing, Joshua now had his own recording studio with a Yamaha C7 and had begun making recordings of new material (both solo and with his trio). The title track, Introspection, was recorded on the C7. So with the idea of finishing one major project before getting too far into others, Joshua has released this collection of original music on solo piano with the hopes that those who listen will truly enjoy the experience of becoming familiar with these compositions.

Artwork for the album is the work of Honolulu artist Mihoko M. The painting in the background was created while Mihoko listened to the music on this recording.

Joshua Kaye began playing piano professionally when he was fifteen years old in his hometown of Columbia, Maryland. He attended St. Mary's College of Maryland on a scholarship as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts where he studied with concert pianist Brian Ganz. During a semester abroad in Oxford, England, he worked as a pianist in the Randolph Hotel and at Freud's cafe.

After graduating with a BA in music, he moved to San Francisco and quickly became immersed in the Bay Area jazz scene. He continued his musical studies under jazz pianist Dick Hindman and performed just about daily at the various clubs, hotels, and restaurants in the Bay Area. For several years he played every Saturday at the Sand Dollar in Stinson Beach performing duo with bassist Stu Hamm. He also released his first CD, The Joshua Kaye Quartet - Live in 2004 which featured bassist Robb Fisher, drummer Pete Riso, and percussionist Danilo Paiz who were veterans of the Cal Tjader band. His quartet and trio performed regularly at the Shanghai 1930 jazz club as well as at the Cosmopolitan Club. He could also be heard regularly playing solo or with a group in the local hotels including the Redwood Room in the Clift Hotel, Maxfield's at The Palace Hotel, and the Penthouse at the Fairmont Hotel. Besides performing, he began to focus on writing jazz and pop songs and became a published songwriter after cowriting a song with hit songwriter Andre Pessis.

In 2008, he moved to Honolulu and began performing with a new jazz trio on Fridays at The Dragon Upstairs jazz club. In 2009 he produced a record for songwriter/lyricist Laura-May Azpiazu called Midnight Smooth (feat. Joshua Kaye). He currently can be heard performing regularly with his jazz trio in The Veranda at the Kahala Hotel as well as at Sarento's at the top of the Ilikai with bassist Bruce Hamada or as a member of the guitar led group called The Quiet Band. He is also the leader for the neo-soul/jazz band Adagio which currently plays regularly at Jazzminds. When he is not performing or working on his music projects, he enjoys surfing and spending time with his wife and two children.



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